ECSTATIC MUSIC: TAK PLAYS BROOK PRESENTS FOUR RECENT WORKS BY COMPOSER TAYLOR BROOK, INTERPRETED BY TAK ENSEMBLE, A “STELLAR” QUINTET (FLUTE, CLARINET, VIOLIN, PERCUSSION, AND VOICE) FEATURING SOME OF NEW YORK’S MOST ADVENTUROUS NEW MUSIC PERFORMERS. THE ALBUM IS THE PRODUCT OF YEARS OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN BROOK AND TAK, AND CAPTURES THE RANGE OF BROOK’S COMPOSITIONAL VOICE, AS WELL AS TAK’S DEDICATION TO BOLD, HIGHLY COMMUNICATIVE NEW MUSIC.
Taylor Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in ￼Brussels, and George Lewis, and Georg Haas in New York. Brook has also studied ￼Hindustani musical performance in Kolkata, India, with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.
Brook writes concert music, music for video, and music for theater and dance. His work has been performed around the world and has been described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times. Brook has won numerous awards and prizes for his compositions, including the MIVOS/Kantor prize, the Lee Ettelson award, and five SOCAN young composers awards. Brook has been a finalist in the Gaudeamus prize and was awarded honorable mention for the Jules Leger prize two years in a row. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatour Bozzini, JACK Quartet, MIVOS quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ascolta Ensemble, and many others. Brook’s current projects include a new work for Talea Ensemble as well as a continued collaboration with Televiolet Theater (New York) on The Power of Emotion opera project.
Brook holds a master’s degree in music composition from McGill University. He currently resides in New York City, where he is completing a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University and serving as the Assistant Conductor to Jeffrey Milarsky for the Columbia University Orchestra.